PACRA Maintains Entity Ratings of Nayatel (Private) Limited
The strength of Nayatel's business model is in its robust technology infrastructure with an enduring emphasis on customer services. Reliable connectivity and quality is pivotal to all customers. Nayatel provides connectivity to its customer through scalable and cutting edge technology, i.e., FTTH (fiber to the home). An optical fiber as a medium is superior to the other alternatives to provide ultra-broadband, high definition cable TV and allied services. With better customer experience, sustainability and growth, Nayatel has made corporate and home market of Islamabad and Rawalpindi its strong forte, wherein it captures the bulk of the market. Moreover, it has expanded its presence in Faisalabad and Peshawar. The customer base reflects a very good mix, providing advantages in terms of pricing, margin and capacity utilization. The volumes are growing, so are the profits. The company's revenue from Faisalabad region is growing at a steady pace, wherein monthly breakeven EBITDA has been achieved since Nov'18. It has commenced operations in Peshawar since 2HCY18. Growth plans reflect low niche penetration strategy into smaller cities over a longer horizon with augmented equity base. The company has raised leveraging to fund its expansions. The current and foreseeable cash flows are expected to meet the upcoming obligations. However, in the current interest rate environment, coverages adequate. The governance of the company is considered strong with an inherent strength emerging from its ownership structure.
The company has a talented and motivated management team. The top executives are closely connective hence team cohesiveness is an advantage. The overall pool of management reflects quality human resource and performance driven culture, which is considered a pre-requisite in this business.
The ratings are dependent upon the sustained risk profile of the company. This presupposes sustained technological and HR advantages of the company, which Nayatel is carrying at the moment. Financial discipline is also considered essential, going forward.
Nayatel (Private) Limited, established in 2004, was the first triple play company in Pakistan. The company was first one to provide FTTH (Fibre to the home) service not just in Pakistan but also in South Asia, in September 2006. Mr. Wahaj us Siraj, is the CEO of Nayatel possessing an experience of over two decades in the broadband industry. The other two founders i) Mr. Aqeel Khurshid and ii) Mr. Saad Saleem holds the position of CTO and COO, respectively.
Nayatel is owned by Micronet broadband (Pvt.) Limited (MBL). MBL’s ownership comprises of 3 groups of investors; MBL’s original shareholders, Mr. Rashid Ali Khan and Mr. Ashraf Qazi. The Board of Directors comprises 6 directors, including 3 non-executive directors.